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Downstate's Biotech Initiative

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s goal is to establish Brooklyn as a center for biotech research and development. The cornerstone of Downstate’s Biotechnology Initiative is the Downstate Biotechnology Park, which currently includes a Biotechnology Incubator for start-ups and early-stage biotech companies, and a 13,000 sq. ft. commercial synthetic chemistry facility.

 The 50.000 sq. ft. Biotechnology Incubator offers wet laboratory / office space and access to a wide range of university resources. This site is ideal for small companies that prefer the close proximity to the university community and everything it has to offer – including seminars, collaborations with Downstate scientists, medical/scientific library, students for internships, and clinical trials.

 Once companies outgrow the Incubator, they can expand into research and manufacturing space at BioBAT in the nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal. BioBAT is intended for more mature biotech companies: It spans 524,000 sq. ft. and is intended for tenants that require between 5,000 to 150,000 sq. ft. of space. The Brooklyn Army Terminal covers 97 acres on the Brooklyn waterfront, and can easily meet biotech companies’ future expansion needs. The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), one of the Downstate Incubator’s tenants, became the first to expand from the Incubator to the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Other tenants include Modern Meadow and Avatar. To help biotech companies grow, Downstate has also addressed their need for appropriately trained personnel. Downstate’s Ph.D. program enables students to work with companies, and Downstate, together with Hunter College of CUNY, established a market-driven laboratory technician training program supported by a grant from the Helena Rubinstein Foundation.

 By providing state-of-the-art affordable biotech space, a nurturing environment and a readily available workforce, Brooklyn is the site for biotech.